2016 Pitt Jam Fest LIVE Blog


Pittsburgh, PA– It’s that time of the year again! The second live recruiting period means it’s the Hoop Group Pittsburgh Jam Fest! Like most year’s the Pitt Jam Fest is LOADED with talented teams. Unlike most years, this year’s tournament will take place in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. 24 courts under one roof, let’s get the action going! The live blog is open for business.

Sunday, April 24th

3:41 pm

With that the #PittJamFest has officially ended! We would like to thank all the teams, coaches, players, college coaches, and most importantly, Visit Pittsburgh for making this such a slam dunk of an event. Be sure to check out top performers, daily recaps, and all our social media streams for full coverage of this weekend’s events. Next stop if Rhode Island for the Providence Jam Fest. See you there!

3:35 pm

Our last champions!

17U Platinum: Jersey Shore Warriors

17U Platinum: Jersey Shore Warriors

15U Platinum: Team Takeover

15U Platinum: Team Takeover

15U Steel: Philly Freedom Stars

15U Steel: Philly Freedom Stars

16U Steel: Randallstown Running Rebels

16U Steel: Randallstown Running Rebels

14U Platinum: Mid Ohio Pumas

14U Platinum: Mid Ohio Pumas

16U Gold: Hoop Dreams

16U Gold: Hoop Dreams

2:18 pm
Your first group of champions:
Open: USAD 17u Gold: Spectrum Sports 17u Steel: TMP 16u Platinum: Boo Williams
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1:35 pm
For full coverage of championship games, you can head to Twitter!

1:13 pm

12:54 pm
Championship games underway! 4 games now, and 6 to follow. Champions are about to be crowned!

16U Platinum: Boo Williams (Chizz) vs JB Hoops
17U Gold: Bingo’s All-Stars vs Spectrum Sports
17U Steel: VCC Nova Village vs TMP AAU
Open: RAP Stars vs USAD

12:33 pm

12:13 pm

Check out some standouts from Day 2

11:39 am
We’re getting closer to crowning champs…

11:03 am

9:56 am
Jalen Carey looks to continue to carry the 16U NJ Playaz in the 17U Platinum bracket

9:13 am
Head coaches coming out for Championship Sunday! Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell checks in, as does St Joe’s head coach Phil Martelli

8:22 am
We have one team looking for back to back Pitt Jam Fest championships, and another looking for back to back Jam Fest Championships this Spring! West Virginia Wildcats look to defend their 17U Platinum crown and Open division Jersey Coastal Academy look to win their second Jam Fest in as many weekends.

7:46 am
Here we are: Championship Sunday. The long road to a championship will come to an end for teams today. Let’s. Get. Going.

Saturday, April 23rd

10:54 pm
As the NJ Playaz end our night, we’ll close the live blog here. One trophy was given out today; plenty more to go tomorrow. Who will earn the right to be called champ? We will know soon! Good night!

10:13 pm

9:41 pm
In what may have been the most anticipated match up, Team Takeover 16s (playing in the 17U Platinum) met Middlesex Magic. A picture is worth 1000 words

8:53 pm
Love all the feedback we have been hearing about the location of the #PittJamFest!

8:19 pm
Close call for the 17U DC Blue Devils, they move on

8:01 pm
16U action:

7:21 pm
Rare to see a champion crowned on Saturday, but when Team Final Red topped Evolution, they did just that! Your 14U Steel champs! Isaac White took home MVP honors


6:32 pm

New Jersey Playaz 16s are rising to the occasion, literally, in the 17U Platinum bracket #pittjamfest

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5:28 pm
The NJ Playaz 16s, playing in the 17U Platinum bracket, drew some spectators earlier, including New Jersey’s own Rutgers University.

4:51 pm
15U bracket inching closer to a winner..

3:51 pm
We’ve heard the name Cormac Ryan a number of times the past two weekends. Drawing more and more attention

3:09 pm
College coaches aren’t the only ones here, scouts and media are all over

2:14 pm
In a big match up between two well known programs, District Basketball picks up a big win over Team Final Black!

12:42 pm
It was a game featuring many Division 1 players: Uncommon Bulls vs DC Blue Devils (NH)

11:36 am

Rise and shine. The #pittjamfest is in full swing on day 2

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10:57 am
Some of the younger age groups playing well this weekend

10:22 am
Myles Hanson (Chaska HS) of the Minnesota Fury 17U is impressive to watch. Playing well in front of over 20 coaches!

9:41 am
Team Sizzle 16U is always a fierce competitor. They reminded us of that this morning with a win


8:19 am

Let’s get ready for some hoops! We just tipped off Day 2 of the Pitt Jam Fest and we have a long action packed day ahead!

Friday, April 22nd

11:01 pm
That wraps up day one of the Pitt Jam Fest. A lot of action in a short amount of time! Tomorrow is the long one though, games tip off at 8:15 am, get your rest because we’re going to be at it all day long!

10:27 pm
We don’t want to toot our own horn but….

10:13 pm
Scholarships are there for the taking…Geo Baker is taking advantage

8:59 pm

From Future  All American All-Star to #PittJamFest star, Jonathan Kabonogo is a high major prospect

8:07 pm
PK Flash arrive at the convention center and pick up their first win!

7:32 pm
Coaches are out and about this evening!

 6:43 pm

Not many places can top the facility of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. But, pictures speak louder than words…

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6:05 pm

As we tip off our first games, the hype leading up to this weekend was one of the best we’ve seen for an event all year!

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